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State Sen. Paul Sarlo, the chairman of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Sarlo introduces bill allowing businesses to bar marijuana use

By Nikita Biryukov, March 05 2021 12:24 pm

State Sen. Paul Sarlo (D-Woodridge) introduced a bill allowing businesses to prohibit alcohol and drug use on the job, provisions meant to assuage the business community’s concerns over marijuana use.

“Marijuana may be legal, but it’s not safe for certain workers to be under the influence while on the job. There should be no confusion about workers’ rights and employer responsibilities to protect workplace safety,” Sarlo said.

In the three months following the state’s referendum to legalize recreational marijuana, business groups and Republicans raised alarms over a lack of employer protections in legislation enabling New Jersey’s legal market.

Sarlo shared those concerns, voicing them at numerous hearings in the runup to legalization.

“There are state and federal rules for regulated industries and professions that need to be brought into conformance with marijuana legalization so that workers and others aren’t put at risk,” Sarlo said. “I have been outspoken on this issue and am now following through with legislation.”

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